Dubai Drone Racing Champion Awarded $250,000

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Dubai Drone Racing Champion Awarded $250,000

Drone Racing as a sport has been growing in popularity. A reflection of this growing mainstream interest has been the venture capital investments into drone racing leagues. Now you can see another reflection in the form of high dollar drone racing purses.

In Dubai, at the World Drone Prix, $1,000,000 was awarded in total.

A roller-coaster-esque race course in Dubai hosted the World Drone Prix on Friday and Saturday — a contest for drone racers and manufacturers, with a $250,000 prize for the winning team.

The total prize money, including awards for runner-ups, freestyle flights and fastest lap, is a million dollars — significantly higher than the prize pot for similar upcoming races in New York and Hawaii.

Teenager From U.K. Wins World Drone Racing Competition In Dubai


Luke Bannister, a British drone pilot, led his team to victory. I’m sure this is a name we will be seeing more of in this growing sport.

A British teenager has won $250,000 after placing first in the inaugural World Drone Prix in Dubai. 15-year-old Luke Bannister piloted his drone to victory along an outdoor track, using a camera mounted on its front to steer the craft through a series of illuminated hoops from a first-person viewpoint, and beating out competition from 150 other teams in the process.

Drone racing has rocketed in popularity over the last year, but Dubai’s World Drone Prix is one of the biggest events yet, with a prize pool of $1 million. More than 2,000 people turned up to see the teams compete for a share of that pot, but it was Luke Bannister’s team, Tornado X-Blades Banni-UK, that beat homegrown crew Dubai Dronetek into second place.

Teenager wins $250,000 in biggest drone race yet

Check this video that highlights Luke Bannister from the UK (from a FPV) at the event:

Banni UK’s FPV as he takes on Dutch Drone Race Team

Check out the FPV Video of Tornado X-Blades Banni UK as he races his drone through the #WorldDronePrix Track. Did you see the Dutch Drone Race Team’s drone zoom across? Tune into our live feed tomorrow to catch all this action and much more.

Banni UK’s FPV as he takes on Dutch Drone Race Team

The video below provides a FPV (First-person View) of the final race at #WDP16. For would-be FPV racers, it’s a must watch:

The Final Race of the biggest drone race, the World Drone Prix. #WDP16

Are you excited by FPV racing? Would you like to race drones, high-speed and from the first-person perspective? If the answer is yes and you’d like to learn the skills needed to excel as a drone racer, then I recommend our Drone FPV (First-person View) course.

By |2017-08-31T15:23:47+00:00March 17th, 2016|Drone Sports, Drones, FPV|Comments Off on Dubai Drone Racing Champion Awarded $250,000

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